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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
    Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
    Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • V93
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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
    • WS90
    • WW90
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  • De Toren Fusion V 2017  Front Label
    De Toren Fusion V 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • WS91
    • V91
    • RP91
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  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020  Front Label
    Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2020
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
      Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
        Graham Beck Brut Rose
        Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
        • TA91
        • D90
        4.3 145 Ratings
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      • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
        Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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        • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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          • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019  Front Label
            Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2019
            Other Red Blends from South Africa
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            • De Toren Z 2016 Front Label
              De Toren Z 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
              • TA93
              • WE91
              • RP90
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            • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
              Meerlust Rubicon 2016
              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
              • D93
              • WS90
              • RP90
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            • MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
              MAN Family Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020
              Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
              • RP88
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            • Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2020
              Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia, South Africa
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              • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                  Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                    Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
                    Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
                    • D93
                    • V91
                    4.7 20 Ratings
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                  • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                    De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Braai Pinotage 2019  Front Label
                      Braai Pinotage 2019
                      Pinotage from South Africa
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                      • Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique  Front Label
                        Graham Beck Brut Methode Cap Classique
                        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
                        • TA91
                        • D90
                        • RP90
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                      • Radley & Finch Flying French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                        Radley & Finch Flying French Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                        Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                        • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                          Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2019
                          Pinot Noir from Walker Bay, South Africa
                          • TA95
                          • D92
                          • V91
                          • RP90
                          4.1 21 Ratings
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                        • Jam Jar Sweet White 2019  Front Label
                          Jam Jar Sweet White 2019
                          Other White Blends from South Africa
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                          • Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                            Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                            Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                            • Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Radley & Finch Alley Pack Chenin Blanc 2020
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016  Front Label
                                Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2016
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
                                • WE92
                                • WS90
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